Geothermal Loop: The beginning
I'm plotting out a Geothermal loop for watercooling and I have a few things to figure out. I'll be using three (3) MCP-355's in series to push the system.
This loop will be in place for years to come. Currently I have an OC'd i7 with NB and X2 watercooled. In the near future 2x5970's (or 5990's if they do actually come out). Also I tend to upgrade relatively often.
1st. How much coper (length/width) is needed to be equal to 2x 480 rads?
2nd. Will something like this work?
3rd. With the copper piping listed above, how do I attach fittings?
4th. Those fittings (and pipe), should I go 1/2 or should I try 3/8 since the head/pressure is going to need to be sustained?
Second, hard to tell how much copper is equal to 2 480 radiators. This is a pretty unexplored method. You are not the first but can still consider yourself a pioneer if you do this. If I were you I'd build a loop as large as Naja002 did. It may be overkill, but it kept several crunching rigs cool so I am sure it is at least as good as a couple 480's.
Third, that will work but you might find it easier to assemble a heat exchanger using rigid copper instead of soft tubing.
Fourth, you use solder fittings with that stuff. There are also compression type fittings, but solder is better(cheaper anyhow)
Fifth, suggest you talk to the two guys who have done this by pm's to work out detailed plan and get filled in on stuff that they may have not talked about in their posts. There is always something extra to be learned.
Good luck, will be very cool to see this type of cooling become more common
So it looks like I have to cancel this project. I'm not going to be able to get through the tough dirt/rock/clay with the old shovel. And renting equipment is possible however not in the least practical financially
So I suppose I'll just upgrade the rad/fans/tubing/fittings/waterblocks/etc and just stick to air...eerr air cooled watercooling. In a few years we'll be building our own home and hopefully by then I'll be capable of the proper overkill that is required by the modding OCN community.
Don't give up so easy Proper tools for the job makes all the difference
and to flatten out the bottom/square off the corners of your hole...
oops, had to fix first link. better now.
Edited by nub - 1/17/10 at 7:06pm